French watch brand Selhor – like this 1960’s-era new-old sotck (NOS) dive watch here – was a small french brand, founded in 1947 in eastern France and active for many years. It made nothing in-house, but assembled cases and movements with custom dials. It appeared to have been sold mainly in France, with limited distribution outside the country, and disappared in circa 1976, perhaps an early fatality of the quartz crisis.
With its stunning deep blue dial, large and poignant hour and minute hands with patina’d lume, large Arabic numbers, and seconds subdial, there’s more than enough visual contrast going on here to make the watch engaging. Couple this with stainless-steel mesh bracelet remenisent of those from the era of the watch, and you have an excellent vintage dive watch sans the high price point witnessed in similar watches of the era.
But back to the 1960s - what is known is that the era was an exciting time for diving, and, well, the French.
Why was this, you ask?
During this era, French gentleman and diver Jacques Cousteau gathered fame for his involvement with a set of three projects to build underwater "villages,” with each ensuing project was aimed at increasing the depth at which people continuously lived under water, and were an attempt at creating an environment in which men could live and work on the sea floor.
Cousteau was so much more than just a diver; he was also a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher – he was also a filmaker. A meeting with American television companies created the series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” with the character of the commander intended to give the films a "personalized adventure" style. This documentary television series ran for ten years from 1966 to 1976 – also roughly the same era French watches like Vilmont were in their prime.
This diver comes with a stainless steel mesh bracelet, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
NOS 1960’s Selhor Mechanical Dive Watch
DIAL: Brilliant deep blue original Selhor-signed dial, with original stylish hands. Seconds subdial at the 6 o'clock position.
CASE: Original 37mm (38.5mm w/crown) x 42mm stainless-steel case; top of case has original brushed finish. Original caseback has an excellent mirror-like finish.
CRYSTAL: Flawless domed acrylic crystal, no cracks or imperfections.
BAND: This diver comes with a stainless-steel mesh bracelet, which can fit up to a nine inch wrist, along with a dark blue, red, and yellow nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original Selhor manual-wind mechanical movement.